Elliot Goldenthal


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For his first score since winning the Academy Award for his work on Frida, Elliot Goldenthal composed an aggressive, ambitious, and slick set of music for the summer 2003 blockbuster S.W.A.T. The music works well with the visuals, but there aren't enough inspired melodies to retain a listener's interest minus explosions and gunplay. Goldenthal often uses the contemporary action film device of opening with a theme played with rock instrumentation and following with a full orchestra to beef up the mood. The only real surprise is the ten-minute opener, "Bullet Frenzy," which is chock-full of ideas and is almost written tightly enough to execute them all. The most memorable part of the original show, Barry de Vorzon's theme, shows up but in the weakest techno version imaginable from Danny Saber and minor quotes in Goldenthal's "S.W.A.T. Sticker" and Hot Action Cop's sophomoric tribute, "Samuel Jackson." Hot Action Cop's and Saber's appearances try to up the cool factor, but only Apollo 440's slinky "Time Is Running Out" does.

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